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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus. Our on-campus program focuses on enriching the mind/body connection, and our 3-week Study Abroad programs provide a rich cultural and academic experience that focuses on the importance of global citizenry. The Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience Course combines class time and work experience for students interested in learning more about the world of work. Students interested in applying for the Landmark College Works Employment Readiiness Experience can find materials here.


On-Campus J-Term

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits, enhance academic skills, and engage in physical activities. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 4 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 3 and end January 19, 2017. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

On-Campus Resources

Students have access to campus resources during J-Term, including health services, counseling, the Drake Center for Academic Support (DCAS), and the Library. While students enrolled in J-Term are not assigned a designated advisor, the DCAS is staffed by personnel who have filled the advising role during traditional semesters. The academic intervention team is also in place to support students experiencing academic difficulties due to attendance, work completion, or other academics-related concerns. The residential staff offers programming in the evenings that supports the wellness initiatives embedded in the J-Term experience. Professors include experiential opportunities as part of their classes. Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life work closely together to provide a robust experience for students both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens on October 31 for on-campus courses. On November 28, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is underenrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. Please refer to the Study Abroad page for the Study Abroad course registration process. Students may add a course until the end of the Add period, January 5, provided they have housing reserved on campus. Students must be enrolled in an on-campus, 3-credit J-Term course in order to be on campus. J-Term tuition is non-refundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their advisor or contact Associate Academic Dean Jill Hinckley at For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Peg Alden at

Students enroll in one of the following three-credit academic class during J-Term:

  • CO1011 Introduction to Communication
  • EN 1061 Creative Writing
  • FY1101 Jumpstart First Year for New Spring Students
  • MA1421 Statistics
  • NS3051 Winter Ecology
  • HU2513 Special Topics: History through Film

CO1011 Introduction to Communication
This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group.

EN1061 Creative Writing
Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes.

FY1101 Jumpstart First Year for New Spring Students
This first-semester course is designed to introduce students to theories related to the cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural dimensions of learning. The purpose of the course is to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning, and self-advocacy. Metacognition and critical thinking will be prominent themes throughout this course. Students will reflect on learning and teaching processes while applying learning strategies that can be transferred to other courses of study as a proactive approach to self-advocacy. Strategies for active reading, note-taking, test-taking, long-term project planning, and organizing materials will be modeled, practiced, and assessed. Students will be expected to critically read, discuss, and utilize a body of high-interest reading for a variety of academic tasks. In addition, students will learn about the laws that protect individuals with disabilities, receive an in-depth orientation to the on-campus services that provide academic and emotional support, and establish short and long-term goals related to promoting effective self-management.

MA1421 Statistics
This course examines frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution curve. Students explore confidence intervals and sample size. The structure of hypothesis testing is introduced and applied to a variety of situations. Studies in correlation of data and sampling techniques are introduced. Placement test and/or prerequisite of MA0295 with grade of C- or higher required. Not open to students with credit in MA 2621. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

NS3051 Winter Ecology
The Winter Ecology course is an in-depth investigation into the physical and biological processes of high elevation/high latitude ecosystems during the winter months. Wintertime offers unique insights into the natural history of organisms and the function of ecosystems that are often not appreciated in warm weather visits to the field. The remarkable arrays of physiological, morphological, and behavioral adaptations that organisms have evolved so that they can live in such harsh environmental conditions are simply more visible in the winter season. Students will investigate the ecology and dynamics of aquatic, woodland, bog, forest, and alpine landscapes through fieldwork, readings and in-class discussions. Students will also study how winter processes play a role in both the growing season of the resident plant life and in shaping the general landscape. Additionally, students will gain understanding for the role that the physical and biological processes of winter play in shaping conservation and management decisions and policy of our natural resources. The primary assessments for this course will include a group project report and presentation on a topic related to winter ecology, exams, written reviews on scientific journal articles covering various topics related to winter ecology, and laboratory activities. Course readings will include textbook and journal readings. In keeping with the nature of the field course, students must come prepared to be outdoors. All students must be physically and mentally prepared to hike and/or snowshoe regardless of weather conditions. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course.
Lab fee: $35.00

Because J-Term is focused on an integrated approach to health and wellness, all students are required to enroll in one PE course.

  • PE1060 Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan
  • PE1120 Beginner Volleyball Skills
  • PE1410 Walking (Snowshoeing) for Health
  • PE1420 Ski and Snowboard
  • PE1540 Level 1 Japanese Long Sword

PE1060 Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan  
Students will learn the 24 Form style of T'ai Chi. The goal of the class is to help students focus on their own inner activity, develop a greater sense of being centered in the world, and to discover a system that promotes overall health. Students must be willing to participate in a slow moving, silent, meditative practice. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets WF 1:15-3:15 p.m.)

PE1120 Beginner Volleyball Skills: Low to Moderate Intensity
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of serving, volleying, digging and spiking. Court position, etiquette and rules will also be taught. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets TTH 7-9 p.m.)

PE1410 Walking (Snowshoeing) for Health: Moderate Intensity
This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets W 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.)

PE1420 Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. There is an additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets W 10:15-5:00 p.m.)

PE1540 Level 1 Japanese Long Sword
Slow-paced and emphasizing movement meditation, Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) was developed as an art form to increase participants’ states of awareness. Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) will introduce students to the basic skills practiced in Iaido: cutting, thrusting, forms, controlling the breath and movement meditation. Classes will include an overview of Iaido skills, followed by an introduction to forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets MW 4:30-6:30 p.m.)

New students who are enrolled for the Spring semester can take advantage of our Jump Start Option and also benefit from our integrated health and wellness approach. Begin learning skills vital to college success--and free up your Spring semester schedule for another elective. 

  • Jump Start offers intensive immersion in our required study skills course, FY1101: Learning Perspectives I.
  • Support services are available at the Drake Center for one-on-one support and at the Landmark College Library with librarians skilled in working with diverse student populations.
  • Wednesdays are dedicated to skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes.

Not interested in the slopes? We also offer other PE options, such as volleyball skills, fencing, yoga, and showshoeing. All PE courses will receive one credit.

Enjoy winter wonderland opportunities on and off campus, and in and out of doors, led by our experienced faculty and dedicated staff.


Office of Admissions

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

Returning Landmark College Students (January 3-19, 2017)

Tuition*  $4,400
Room      $615
Board      $515
Total       $5,530

Jump Start / Early Start  – New Spring students (January 3-19, 2017)

Tuition    $3,575
Room      $615
Board      $515
Total       $4,705

*Skiing and snowboarding fees for PE1420 are extra.
There is an additional cost to participate in the one-credit Ski/Snowboard program at Mount Snow; this class runs for three days, and all fees listed below are per day. Transportation is provided by the College to and from Mount Snow.

Mt. Snow Ski/Snowboard program (PE1420) fee schedule (per day)

These are the 2016 rates. This year's rates will be available soon.

$68 three-hour lesson and lunch
$50 one-day lift ticket per class (or purchase a season pass ticket)
$22 ski or snowboard rental
$10 helmet rental (We require that students wear snowboarding/skiing helmets during their lessons. Students can bring their own helmet or rent one.)

Season pass information

Steve Stanley is Landmark's on-campus Mt. Snow season pass representative. Students who purchase a season pass through Steve will receive a $30 discount off the cost of their ticket. To contact Steve, email him at:

More information on season passes can be found on Mt. Snow's website.

View J-Term Study Abroad program costs.

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